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The REAL estate

by AL/Arch

The REAL estate





The REAL estate by AL/Arch.
Collaboration of Avi Laiser, an architect with Dana Hirsch, a performance artist.
Presented as part of the Bat-Yam international Biennale of landscape urbanism 2008.
“The REAL estate temporary private spaces” was designed to become an alternative public space at the edge of the freeway in Bat-Yam, Israel.
A new typology of an urban park is designed at the end of a wide modernist street that brutally terminates by a high concrete acoustic barrier for the crossing freeway.
This kind of “junk” space is quite common along freeways that cross dense urban fabrics. When AL/Arch saw the dead end sign at the top of the street they thought it’s more than a traffic sign it’s a statement of no hope.
The project tries to find the potential in this space by creating a new permeable wall with an opening to an uplifting experience for the individuals.
Resembling a perforated drape, the new public park mitigates an awkward edge condition which allows private actions to exist in the public domain.

Edge conditions in urban cities often create neglected public spaces that attract temporal activities of various kinds for a wide spectrum of people.
“The REAL estate” project offers a new typology for public space that examines the boundaries between public and private domains in the urban landscape.
The site is located in the city of Bat-Yam, a Mediterranean city one of the most densely populated in Israel.
Most of the residents live in modern housing projects that were built in the fifties for new immigrants.

The project is situated at the end of a wide modernist residential street that unexpectedly terminates by a massive concrete wall that functions as an acoustic barrier for a crossing highway.
This edge condition is the caused for a long strip of neglected “junk” space which is used by the local residents for dumping trash, bonfire spots for Lag BaHomer (a Jewish holiday), drug activities, walking dogs, and other illicit behavior.
The project’s main façade to the residential street is a see-through wall with a wooden entry gate to an outdoor room lying between the existing barrier wall and the new wall. Both are at the same height but one is obstructive and the other is inviting.
Bold pink neon sign written; “the REAL estate”, suggesting that the real assets of dense urban cities are outdoor public spaces.
The surface of the park is laid with a continuous fabric formed concrete “blanket” that wraps over the existing acoustic barrier wall.

The continuous surface starts on a man-made horizontal landscape and changes gradually to a sloped vertical wall.
In this surface are seven cut-out wood niches that perform as intimate private spaces in the public urban landscape.
Each niche takes the form of the human body as a single, couple or a group.

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It is an inhabitable architectural object inserted on top of an existing urban environment, but alienated from its surroundings.
This architectural object intervenes in the space by touching the ground and acting as an accessible and multifunctional platform, allowing people to stand on top of it and interact directly.
The main objective of this conceptual prototype is to trigger a massive public interest to the place, encouraging the rise of high public affluence, becoming a remarkable virtual landmark that attracts customers and cultivates important human dynamics and commercial activity.


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